2:56 pm - 07/14/2009

30 Percent of South Korean College Students Seeking Cosmetic Surgery

Kim Yoo-mi, a 20-year-old student at a local junior college, is busier during her summer break than she was when school was in session. Part-timing at a convenience store in the morning and at a department store in the afternoon, she's working every minute of her vacation toward her very first nose job.

"It's hard sucks to work 12 hours a day, but getting my nose lifted is going to be completely worth it," said Kim, who blames her low nose bridge for low self-esteem.

With 700,000 won in savings, she has less than one month to make 1.5 million won to help pay for the surgical procedure that's expected to total about 2.5 million won.

If money allows, Kim says she even plans to have double eyelid surgery.

The college sophomore's open attitude toward cosmetic surgery isn't uncommon as it reflects the perspective of today's early 20-somethings.

In fact, more than 30 percent of 921 male and female university students said in a survey Tuesday that they plan to seek some kind of plastic surgery during their summer vacation.

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deazaskia 14th-Jul-2009 01:45 pm (UTC)
oh wow. is having a double eyelids will change the entire look of ur face? and that's a lot of money! i would have bought any things with that amount of money. *__*
thegreencloud 14th-Jul-2009 02:19 pm (UTC)
I honestly don't think it's that expensive; no wonder everybody's doing it. My braces are costing me 3 times as much D:

schizofragile 14th-Jul-2009 02:28 pm (UTC)
who blames her low nose bridge for low self-esteem
I have this too. The nose insecurity. But surgery seems too painful ;A;

Well lol that's humans for you. Always wanting what he does not have.
kaiserkehl 14th-Jul-2009 02:30 pm (UTC)
If it makes them happy *shrug* good for them.
chickadork 14th-Jul-2009 02:38 pm (UTC)
Ummm I think everyone is being a little harsh, I mean as far as I've read even something like getting a job can be determined by your looks in S. Korea. How would you feel if something like your nose and eyes were stopping you from doing your dream?

Here in America it's almost expected that you get braces some time in your life and I don't see much of a difference between that and other cosmetic surgeries. (Braces are mostly cosmetic, we all survived without them before!)

And all those make over shows prove that people's self confidence can be hurt by even one thing you think is "wrong" with your appearance. I felt 10 times better about myself after braces, because before I wouldn't even smile I felt so self conscious about it.

Ahem. Big rant point is that if they want to work that hard to earn money for a surgery that they think will help them and better their lives, then who's to judge?

patapoufe 14th-Jul-2009 03:59 pm (UTC)
The ethics of cosmetic surgery aside, I've had braces too. Is it cosmetic? Yes, but so is make-up and getting your hair highlighted. None of it changes the structure of your face. That's a far cry from going under the knife, and I think it's a bit of a stretch to say there's no difference.
dipropylene 14th-Jul-2009 02:40 pm (UTC)
I don't really see any problems about cosmetic surgeries. It's people and their bodies & money. And what right do other people have to say someone doesn't need it? If a person feels better after a nose job, so be it. I'm still waiting the day I can afford to have my nose fixed.
aici_rua 14th-Jul-2009 02:44 pm (UTC)
I have no issue on that but I hate how the number of people who want to do it are so big and it's so encouraged by parents
aici_rua 14th-Jul-2009 02:41 pm (UTC)
hp_groupie 14th-Jul-2009 03:25 pm (UTC)
I truly wonder if people in Korea would think that people like Alicia Keys or Beyonce fat, because of their shapes, or think people like Usher are fugly, because of his large nose. Or they wouldn't find Helen Mirren an elegant woman because she didn't get plastic surgery to change her nose or tighten her wrinkles.

In America and around the world, they were or are sex symbols. I don't want to generalize, but why so particular Korea?
geneheartsfinny 14th-Jul-2009 03:49 pm (UTC)
Well at least she's not going in debt for a new nose. There's a sense of responsibility :P.

I'm all for plastic surgery when it's to enhance what you have, but as a self-esteem booster..? No; but I'm biased since people with low confidence is a huge turn off...

idk. Any demeaning factor in plastic surgery has vanished maybe because I AM Korean. My parents don't hark over getting one, but as I got older, she'll suggest I would look good with double eyelids, but not in a degrading tone. I do plan on getting one, but not because my parents bullied me into a corner or I ~grew~ up feeling inferior, but I personally think it would enhance my already decent looks (meaning I could live with what I have, but why not take advantage of an open opportunity..?). And srsly getting plastic surgery does not mean a complete transformation. There's a thing called subtlety that doesn't get heard of too often maybe because it IS subtle. I guess viewpoints differ based on accessibility.
jiyeung 14th-Jul-2009 10:39 pm (UTC)
"getting plastic surgery does not mean a complete transformation."

that's exactly what i'm talking about.
luvey 14th-Jul-2009 03:59 pm (UTC)
i think the 30% is really lowballing it. but it is kinda sad that a country is pretty much changing it's physical features on such a large scale. it's like the future generations will come out and go "WTF, where did my nose come from? " and also go under the knife to fit in.
v_rosesandwine 14th-Jul-2009 04:05 pm (UTC)
The new happening plans for summer vacations: Get your nose/eyes/teeth fixed.
nubby_tail 14th-Jul-2009 04:31 pm (UTC)
lol with a lot of my college friends, it's to get that tanned summer bod, usually through exercising and going out.
Talk about v. different from Korea...
jtyy239 14th-Jul-2009 04:14 pm (UTC)
Honestly I thought it's more than 30%. It's such a norm to get your face fixed in Korea, so I'm not really surprised they get money from parents or work their asses off just to get a nosejob. But the truth really saddens me. As much as I like to have permanent double eyelids (because mine is all funny and almost not visible sometimes), I wouldn't spend so much to get a surgery done.

It's just.... :\
nubby_tail 14th-Jul-2009 04:36 pm (UTC)
But are your eyes big to begin with, bb?

My bff has single eyelids but her eyes are HUGE so getting double eyelids wouldn't really change much for her (except perhaps the way she does her makeup or smth)... And srsly all my family members know that if they need to get anything done right, they should go to Korea. =\ Eh, I'm not surprised.
speakoslow 14th-Jul-2009 04:16 pm (UTC)
Everyone in Korea should just give up. I mean from what we've all heard beauty is unattainable in Korea. ANYTHING & EVERYTHING you do will always be critized, there's just NO winning. I mean hello Lee Hyori fat?!?!?!?!? That's insane. Once they fix something, they'll just be told something else is wrong about them.

It'd be interesting to see what Korea will do when the big/westernized/double eyelid eyes fades from trend & is no longer attractive. It'd be hilarious if eye-lids became the thing not to have...i mean what's attractive changes constantly...
akaich0u 14th-Jul-2009 05:15 pm (UTC)
big/westernized/double eyelid eyes fades from trend

Why do people perceive this as being a western trend? It's not just Korean either. Big eyes have been a hallmark of beauty in Asia in general for thousands and thousands of years, even before much contact/interaction with the Western world.
akaich0u 14th-Jul-2009 05:13 pm (UTC)
ffs, I wish people would stop making a big deal about the eyelid thing. It is no different than botox injections in the US. Even my parents want me to do the double eyelid surgery lol.

idk why it's always brought up. It's as common as procedures come.
zizy 14th-Jul-2009 05:34 pm (UTC)
It's controversial because it smacks of self-hatred. That's like me trying to bleach my skin white. lol
nene718 14th-Jul-2009 05:58 pm (UTC)
Damn shame. And it's probably a lot more than 30%.
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